North Wales Coast East League – Sadness across the grounds after departure of good friend

Ian Griffiths on the ball for Prestatyn Sports against Rhuddlan Town. Picture: MATT JOHNSON

NORTH WALES COAST EAST LEAGUE REPORTS – JANUARY 22

RIP Good Friend

At football grounds across the league on Saturday, a minute’s applause rang out for Steve Sayburn, a popular former goalkeeper, who passed away last week after a courageous battle against illness at the age of 38.

The much-missed Steve Sayburn with fiancee Lauren and daughter Ava

A much-loved, larger than life character, Steve’s clubs included Abergele, Kinmel Bay and Rhyl and District Sunday League team Bar Bow.

He will be sadly missed.

REPORTS

TIER 4: PREMIER DIVISION

Llandudno Junction 0
CPD Y Rhyl 1879 6 (Lamb 3, Taylor 2, Cain)

Unbeaten in the Premier all season, 10 straight league wins in which they have accumulated 52 goals and hot on the heels of the leaders – CPD Y Rhyl are in awesome form right now.

The latest success for Gareth Thomas’ side was a 6-0 blitz at Llandudno Junction last weekend.

This Saturday could see 1879 face their toughest test for some time as they welcome table-toppers Llannefydd to Belle Vue.

Llan are the only side to take a point off the whites all season, in a 2-2 draw back in August. A win for Rhyl on Saturday would see them edge to within two points of Gwyndaf Pritchard’s men with four games in hand.

Last Saturday’s clash at the Flyover Ground saw top-scorer Carl Lamb take only 11 minutes to break the deadlock after great build-up play from Macauley Taylor and Kieran Ellis.

Just past the half-hour, Lamb found the net again with a great right-footed finish into the top left corner following a Zac Tyler-Holland delivery.

Lamb needed just two second-half minutes to complete his hat-trick, bundling the ball over the line following an Ellis long throw for his 23rd goal of the season.

Taylor produced a great finish on 55 minutes to make it 4-0.

Gareth Thomas brought on Tom Cain and Leon Atkins – a decision which paid early dividends.

Atkins crossed calmly to Cain, who stroked home for number five.

Taylor then got the opportunity to double his tally from the spot after a foul in the penalty area.

Home keeper Luke Hughes saved the kick well, only for Taylor to react quickest and force the ball over the line.

CPD Bro Cernyw 1
Glan Conwy 5

In-form Glan Conwy were too strong for hosts Bro Cernyw.

After a scrappy opening half-hour, the game sprang to life through a Charlie Jones header from a pinpoint David Sinkinson corner.

Two more goals followed for Glan before the break, firstly a fantastic individual run and shot into the bottom corner from skipper Sinkinson, then Jordan Phillips broke down the right flank to set up Jamie Jones for another which sent the visitors in 3-0 up.

The second half saw Bro have a goal disallowed straight from the restart for a very tight offside decision.

In the 63rd minute Glan extended their lead through a well-struck Phillips effort.

Bro eventually clawed a goal back through Ianto Roberts on the 77th minute but after an injury to Bradlee Rowlands, on came Glan manager Howard Vaughan to roll back the years and score in the 92nd minute.

Llandyrnog United 4
Kinmel Bay 0

There was a poignant atmosphere at Cae Nant where a minute’s applause was held for the late Kinmel Bay keeper Steve Sayburn – a friend of both clubs – before the start.

Llandyrnog won comfortably enough against a Bay side still gelling after many squad changes.

Paul Williams, Nathan Rose, David Lawson Cooke and Tom Hughes (pen) shared the goals.

Llanfairfechan Town 1
Mochdre Sports 3

Josh Jones handed Llanfair an early lead, but Sports battled back to win with goals from Gareth Jones, Scott Roberts and Owen Woodfield.

Mochdre reported on their website: “A scrappy game where we weren’t at our best but ground out a result and came home with all 3 points. Llanfairfechan ran us close at times and we wish them the best for the rest of the season.”

Meliden 0
CPD Llannefydd 0

Meliden can confirm the signing of Jordan Miller, a striker who has played at Prestatyn and Rhyl.

Miners manager Gareth Jones said: “Really pleased to add Jordan to our squad. He brings a wealth of experience and I’m looking forward to getting him started.”

Meanwhile, Sam Duffy has left The Mine and joined Cymru Premier club Flint Town United.

Meliden did well to hold league leaders Llannefydd 0-0 last Saturday.

Penmaenmawr Phoenix 4
CPD Llansannan 0

Daniel Williams (2) and Ben Hughes combined to give Phoenix a commanding 3-0 lead at the break.

Cory Young added a fourth late on to seal another three points for Martyn Jones’ men.

Prestatyn Sports 2
Rhuddlan Town 0

A great view of The Meadows from MATT JOHNSON

James Harper and Sam Brewerton notched the first-half goals which ensure Sports hold on to second spot in the Premier.

Beaten just the once in 14 league matches, John Hargreaves and Sion Williams’ side had to work hard for the points at The Meadows.

The hosts started well and in the 23rd minute earned a free kick on the left-hand side. James Witherspoon put a very good ball into the box and Harper coolly finished low to the keeper’s right.

Ten minutes later, Witherspoon lofted a corner to the back post, it was headed clear by a Rhuddlan defender and Brewerton smashed the ball home from 20 yards.

Rhuddlan worked hard to get back into the contest in the second half, but Sports limited them to few chances.

New players for Sports, Luke Wilmot, Dan Wickerson and Paul Brady all had brilliant debuts.

Tier 5: Division One

Betws-y-Coed 1
CPD Henllan 2

Henllan man of the match Steffan Jones. Picture from CPD Henllan Facebook page – much thanks

Henllan came out on top in a very good contest where bottom side Betws-y-Coed proved again they cannot be taken lightly.

The visitors took a 20th minute lead when a Sam Davies corner was flicked on by Chris Bower and Sam John Roberts applied a great finish.

Henllan began the second half as strongly as they did the first, but initially came up against opponents determined to make their mark on the game.

The away side earned some breathing space on 62 minutes when a great corner from Ashley Andrews had keeper Sam Hawkins struggling and he found himself stumbling the ball into the back of the net.

In the 75th minute Betws halved the deficit with a Luke Snape penalty conceded by Bower.

The hosts battled to the end but Henllan stayed strong and took the points, Steffan Jones their man of the match.

CPD Caer Clwyd 2
CPD Y Glannau 2

All-square at Myddleton College, where the first half saw Joey Fontana miss a penalty for the visitors.

On 63 minutes, Clwyd were down to 10 when Sion Williams was shown a red card.

Harrison Bellis put Glannau one-up from the penalty spot after 65, but Keiran Kendrick levelled on 73 before Chris McQuillen put the away side back in front soon after.

Y Glannau were left a man short after Chad Doherty received a second yellow on 81 and it was not long before David Clayton’s goal rescued a point for the hosts.

CPD Cerrigydrudion 3 NFA 1

A seventh league win in succession for Cerrig put them three points clear at the summit.

Tomos Tryfan Jones, Tirion Griffiths and a Liam Davies own goal banked the points for the hosts, Matthew Robinson converting a penalty for NFA.

Llysfaen 2 Rhos United 3

Scott Court, Ray Lee and Matt Christie got the goals which clinched a fine win for Rhos at the Bananabeu.

Connor Morris netted two for Llysfaen.

Penrhyn Bay Dragons 3 Abergele 7

Abergele remain bang in the title race after an emphatic away win.

James Lloyd (3), Dom Holland (2), Tommy Lloyd and Connah Atkinson shared the goals.

Wassim Boutoutaou (2) and Stan Farrell (pen) provided consolations for Dragons.

Rhyl Dragons 2 Rhyl All Stars 1

Dragons (red) on the ball against All Stars. Picture: MATT JOHNSON

A lively battle at Belle Vue saw the Dragons narrowly finish on top.

Nathan Griffiths gave the hosts a fourth-minute lead before missing a penalty on 16.

Dale Lewis made it 2-0 early in the second half, but when Shaun Walsh of the home side was sent off on 58 minutes, the game was far from over.

Joe Smith hit back for All Stars on 67 to leave the result in the balance, but 10-man Dragons took the spoils.

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